DENVER—Todd Helton had three hits to extended his hitting streak to 14 games, Dexter Fowler scored three times and the
Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Sunday.
Carlos Gonzalez also had three hits for Colorado, which had 14 hits.
Milton Bradley went 4-for-5 and Koyie Hill had three hits for the Cubs, who had a season-high 17 hits despite playing most of the game without manager Lou Piniella.
Piniella was ejected for the second time this season after a heated argument with second base umpire Chris Guccione over his call in a disputed second-inning double-play. Piniella argued that second baseman Clint Barmes wasn't on the bag on the relay throw from third, which would have allowed Jeff Baker to score.
Chicago starter Randy Wells (8-5) was 7-1 in his last eight starts before Sunday, but Colorado jumped on him early. Fowler led off the first with a walk and went to second on Gonzalez's infield single. Helton's single to left scored Fowler. Gonzalez came home on Troy Tulowitzki's single to left and Helton scored on Brad Hawpe's double play groundout to make it 3-0.
Helton had two doubles, a single and knocked in two runs as he established the second longest hitting streak of his career and longest since July 2003.
The Cubs made it 3-1 in the third on Kosuke Fukudome's bases-loaded single, but Colorado starter Jason Hammel (7-6) got
Alfonso Soriano on a soft liner to second and struck out Baker to limit the damage.
Hammel allowed three runs on 11 hits and struck out four in six-plus innings. After going 0-3 with a 5.76 ERA in July, Hammel is 2-0 in August.
Fowler scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-1 in the third, but Bradley got the run back with an RBI double in the fourth. Fowler scored his third run on Helton's one-out double in the fifth.
The Cubs cut it to 5-3 on Hill's RBI single in the sixth, but Colorado chased Wells during a three-run sixth that made it 8-3, and added three more in the seventh.
Wells, who had lost once since June 12, gave up seven runs on eight hits, struck out three and walked to in 5 2-3 innings.
NOTES: Chicago stranded 13 runners and tied a season high with three errors. ... Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez was out of the lineup with a sore left shoulder. Piniella said he will be evaluated Monday. ... Rockies manager Jim Tracy said RHP Aaron Cook (right big toe) will have his start pushed back from Tuesday to Saturday to give the toe more time to settle down.